Tag Archive for: English-speaking

Quebec showers cash on small businesses, families in election-year budget

Quebec’s health care and education systems will see a major influx of cash in 2018 as the Couillard government prepares for a fall election campaign.

The government’s fifth budget, tabled Tuesday, includes a 4.7-per cent increase in total spending, with new money and tax breaks for young families, seniors and small businesses.

There was also $2 million set aside for the new Quebec secretariat tasked with dealing with issues affecting Quebec’s anglophones, and a commitment of $24.5 million over six years if the Liberals are re-elected.

Geoffrey Chambers, vice-president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, praised the funding, saying “the fact that we’re in this exercise is a really huge step forward.”

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QCGN Welcomes New Budget Measures for English-speaking Quebecers

Montreal – March 27, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that the government is investing many millions toward supporting the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking minority community.

QCGN had high expectations for today’s budget, following a first-ever pre-budget consultation with Quebec’s English-speaking community and a comment from Finance Minister Carlos Leitão following that meeting that his budget “would address some specific needs of a very important component of our society.”

Organizations representing Quebec’s English-speaking minority told Leitão that more money should go to the newly created Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, so it can be more muscular and effective in ensuring that services to which we are entitled are delivered and that our rights are respected.

And he delivered.

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We need to find ways to break the isolation of anglo seniors, Weil says

Younger Quebecers need to respect, value and spend more time with isolated seniors, perhaps particularly in Quebec’s anglophone communities, the minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers said Friday.

“There needs to be a major public campaign to sensitize people to the value that these seniors represent for the community,” Kathleen Weil told reporters after a meeting with leaders of about a dozen organizations that serve elderly anglophones on the island of Montreal. “They deserve full respect.”

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Minister responsible for anglos meets with English seniors’ groups

The minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers met with leaders from more than a dozen Montreal seniors’ groups Friday to hear their concerns.

Kathleen Weil acknowledged that English-speaking seniors require some adapted public services. Weil and the head of the English-language secretariat have toured the province to gather data on minorities, including information about anglophone seniors. This data will be used to create a new government action plan.

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Finance Minister Carlos Leitão gets earful from English-speaking community

English-speaking community groups used rare face time with the province’s finance minister on Wednesday to make a pitch for more funding and to reveal a litany of bureaucratic roadblocks they have encountered in trying to ensure services for the minority.

But while cagey on what he will deliver in the provincial budget to be tabled this month, Carlos Leitão argued the money may already be there and just needs to funnelled better.

“In a general sense, there will be a section in the budget that will address the issues the community has raised and will address the fact we now have a secretariat (for the English-speaking community),” Leitão told reporters.

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Anglo community groups press MNAs for better access to public services in English

The provincial budget is set to be tabled later this month, and as part of his preparations, Finance Minister Carlos Leitão sat down to consult with anglophone community groups Wednesday.

In a first-of-its kind meeting with English-speaking community groups, the groups used their time to let the minister know they’re fighting hard to ensure access to public services in English – and they need more support.

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Two solitudes, two statements (FR)

“L’avenir du bilinguisme au Canada est, pour l’essentiel, une affaire de francophones. Si les trois quarts d’entre eux jugent cette langue menacée, à peine le tiers de leurs voisins anglos partagent cet avis, révèle un sondage commandé par Ottawa à la veille du 150e anniversaire du pays.”

Bilingualism’s future in Canada might only be a Francophones issue according to a survey by Canadian Heritage. In this article from le Devoir, Philippe Orfali comments on the “two solitudes” argument which seems to be validated by low results from English-speaking citizens about the state of French language in Canada. Such results might be suprising, but not shocking, comments Linda Cardinal from the Chaire de recherche sur la Francophonie.

QCGN Director General, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, commented that more contact between the solitudes might change English-speaking Canadians’ vision of linguistic minorities and their precarious state. On the other hand, Maxime Laporte, president of Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste praised the awareness campaign about linguistic issues, especially for the future of French language in Canada.

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Heritage Canada violated Languages Act: commissioner

Groups that relied on federal funding forced to deal with ‘many uncertainties’
The Gazette, Carmen Chai
 
Heritage Canada breached laws by delaying approval of funding and payments to organizations that represented official-language minorities across Canada, a report issued by the Official Languages Commissioner’s office showed.
Groups that relied on federal funding through Heritage Canada, such as the Quebec Community Groups Network and the Federation of Francophones of Newfoundland and Labrador, were forced to deal with “many uncertainties” because of the department’s funding delays, according to the official languages watchdog Graham Fraser. Read more…

QCGN Director General on CTV News tonight at 6

The interview will discuss the impact of the newly created bilingual exchange program between the Marianopolis College and the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.

http://www.ctv.ca/nationalnews/

 

What place should anglophones have in Quebec’s collective narrative?

You are cordially invited to a one-day seminar on the following theme: “What place should Anglophones have in Quebec’s collective narrative?” which will be held at Concordia University on February 11th 2011.

For more information, please click here for find a copy of the seminar description and program.
 
Given that attendance to this event is by invitation and there are space limitations, we would greatly appreciate it if you could RSVP as soon as possible at: 11fevfeb2011@gmail.com.
The aim of our seminar is to reflect, exchange ideas, and initiate debate among historians, educationalists, and other professionals as well as practitioners in the field. We believe that your participation and feedback will greatly contribute to the high level of discussion that we anticipate for the day.
 
The seminar is being organized on behalf of Professor Jocelyn Létourneau, Canada Research Chair in the Contemporary History and Political Economy of Quebec at Université Laval, and of the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (a joint initiative of Concordia University’s School of Extended Learning and the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities, Moncton).
 
We thank you for your interest in our event and look forward to seeing you among us.